A month ago, I readied myself to attend BAM16. This is one of my two favorite conferences for writers. These are my “birds of a feather.” I met friends I only knew virtually, reconnected with friends I made last year, and got a whole new gaggle of friends. For anyone thinking about attending next year, I highly recommend grabbing a roommate. Sure it cuts down on cost; but the best benefit is the lasting friendships. My roommate from last year, Pam Lutrell, and this year’s Julie A Wallace are now two of my favorite people. Pam’sOver 50 Feeling Feeling 40 made me begin to feel more confident about fashion and style. I still feel a bit more like Style from the Stylus, if you know what I mean. Still, Pam and the other style bloggers pumped me up.
Julie, from WordStormCasserole came in a day early and had a leg up networking with the other bloggers. She literally crammed me into her gaggle of friends and before long, the five of us became the ClownCarChronicles (Midlife Bloggers Gone Wild.) We formed our own Mastermind group and plan to meet once a month to keep each other accountable.
Again at this conference, my mind swirled with ideas about monetizing, ambassadorship, and branding. What is my brand, anyways? I want to be known as a good writer. A storyteller. I want to get my novel published so I can proudly call myself a novelist.
So what’s up with the lip prints, perhaps you wonder. While at BAM16, we each got a lip-reading. Jennifer Connolly, from A Well Styled Life suggested I try a shade of the complimentary lipstick just a bit brighter than I usually wear. I picked Cover Girls “Outlast” in shade 925. Wow! That shade really does brighten up my face. Thanks Jennifer.
Not that I really believe in fortune-telling, but everyone came back happy about what they heard: “Your creativity is about to break through to something big;” “You are on the verge of a partnership;” “you’re a natural-born caretaker:” and more great things like that. So here’s what I remember hearing.
See those holes in your lip print? That’s a sign that energy is escaping. You have many irons in the fire. Perhaps more than you can keep track of.”
Thanks to my Texan friend and BAM roommate, Pam Lutrell, and the folks at WearUsOut, I got this pair of GlitterflopS. Aren’t they gorgeous? Each pair gets hand assembled in Texas and includes real Swarovski Crystals. You can’t see it here, but when I walk, I make my very own moving disco ball of colored lights, when the sun reflects off the crystals. Fun! Is that saddle leather used for the straps? Indeed, yes.
That’s all wonderful. It’s great to be stylish, but the best part is the feel. The footbeds are “high density” memory foam. The moment I stepped into these sweet GlitterflopS, comfort nestled all around my feet.
Style is more than the way a woman looks or the clothes she wears. It’s more than the way she carries herself. It’s about who she is. A couple of weeks ago, I got a chance to sit down with Becki Utley, and extraordinary woman. She’s got style.
I found Becki almost by accident. Her Facebook Page popped up by some algorithm in the system. What a great idea, I thought. People post “ISO” (in search of) what they need, and others post what they have to give away.
It all started when Utley needed things to help a friend. She tried Freecycle, but items got snatched up so fast, it seemed pointless to Becki. She decided to take matters into her own hands, so she started a Facebook page. Now she and Renée administer their Page together.
Becki began “rehoming” her baby clothes and furniture when she decided four children were enough for her. That was a little over two years ago; when she still lived in the affordable housing. Now, she and her friend, Renée average 30 to 40 hours a week picking up, sorting, washing, and distributing clothes, furniture, and supplies to those in need. Renée has five children. The women also provide resource referrals for people who need assistance.
They have one rule: Nothing gets re-sold. It’s all free.
I stopped by Faith and Grace Boutique in Marengo on my way to see Ceci. Tina always has some new style ideas up her sleeve. I arrived on a Friday, a day after her MainStreet meeting that “was insane.” She told me it was a “hat day” for her. I can only wish my hat days looked this good.
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